(April 2, 2013) -- During spring break, four UTSA students from the Office of P-20 Initiatives attended the 14th annual University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research. The UTSA students are part of the UTSA McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation undergraduate research programs.
Approximately, 250 individuals from more than 40 universities across the country participated in the national conference, where students presented their academic research. The UTSA student participants shared their research experiences and results with their peers and other scholars in their disciplines.
While at the conference, they received feedback from peers and faculty members, and they heard motivational speakers including former NASA Astronaut Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. They also participated in a graduate school recruitment fair and break-out sessions.
Senior McNair student Jessica Adkison said, "This was my very first time attending a conference and, overall, the experience definitely exceeded my expectations. The speakers at the conference were truly motivating and I was impressed with what they had achieved. I felt so honored and appreciative to be a McNair Scholar."
Senior LSAMP student Debnahi Jacinto said, "My overall experience at the conference has inspired, motivated and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I learned that everyone has their own obstacles to face toward success but to be successful you must have faith in yourself, dedication, courage and never give up."
"I learned that becoming a better person meant that I would work continually at setting my standards higher – to look at every challenge as an opportunity and every opportunity as a means to succeed," said Tony Van Phan, a senior in the LSAMP program.
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) are both housed in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. The programs offer selected sophomores, juniors and seniors opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and assist with preparation for graduate school.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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